The Power of Power to Alter Mood

Various new studies indicate the phrase "drunk with power" is accurate. Social scientists at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley show power can act like alcohol to lower inhibitions. We're not sure if it was power or alcohol that caused Mel Gibson to insist he "owned Malibu" when pulled over by police. The research also shows power boosts both adrenaline and seratonin levels. Maybe that's why Henry Kissinger called it "the ultimate aphrodisiac."

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Various new studies indicate the phrase drunk with power is accurate. Social scientists at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley say power can lower inhibitions. Not sure if it was power or alcohol that caused Mel Gibson to insist he owned Malibu when pulled over by police. Other research shows power boosts both adrenaline and serotonin levels. Maybe that's why Henry Kissinger called it the ultimate aphrodisiac. This is MORNING EDITION.

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